Vitamin C

Common Cold.

Clinical Study Title:
Preventing the common cold with a vitamin C supplement: a double-blind, placebo-controlled survey.

Plain English Summary:
This study looked at the use of vitamin C to help prevent the common cold. A total of 168 participants were given either a vitamin C supplement or a placebo over the course of 2 months. They were instructed to record any symptoms of a cold into a daily journal. At the conclusion of the study, those participants who had taken a daily vitamin C supplement had fewer colds, and when they had colds, they were less severe, and they recovered quicker. This suggests that the use of a daily supplement containing vitamin C could provide some protection against getting a cold, and helps to reduce healing time.
Van Straten M. Josling P.
Herbal Health Centre, Battle, East Sussex, United Kingdom.
Country of Publication
United States
Advances in Therapy. 19(3):151-9, 2002 May-Jun.

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